Boston Celtics; Enes Kanter is certainly someone who is opinionated and is never afraid to speak his mind. This includes the time he blasted NBA players who refused to get vaccinated. Now it seems his latest comments have banned all Celtics games from China.
Boston Celtics games are no longer being streamed on Chinese internet after comments made by Enes Kanter, where he made pro-Tibet comments. Kanter took to Twitter and posted a video where he called the basic rights and freedoms of Tibetan people “non-existent” under the “Chinese government’s brutal rule.”
Dear Brutal Dictator XI JINPING and the Chinese Government Tibet belongs to the Tibetan people! #FreeTibet
Enes Kanter also decided to share an image of the custom “Free Tibet” shoes that he will be wearing during the upcoming games. He did so in order to show solidarity and support to the people of Tibet.
More than 150 Tibetan people have burned themselves alive!! — hoping that such an act would raise more awareness about Tibet. I stand with my Tibetan brothers and sisters, and I support their calls for Freedom. #FreeTibet #FreedomShoes
According to Raymond Zhong of the New York Times, TenCent, the Chinese company that streams NBA games, pulled Celtics games. Wang Wenbin, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, said that Kanter’s comments were “not worth refuting” because he is only “trying to get attention.”
For those who don’t know, The People’s Republic of China has ruled over Tibet since 1951. This also marked the second time in two years that something spoken by an NBA member has led to changes in Chinese media coverage of the league. from the looks of it, it is also unlikely to be the last.
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